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Article: Volume 44 Number 11 Page 1065 - December 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 1065-1070

Oral surgery:  Tobacco Habit-Associated Oral Disease and the Negative Effects on Surgical Outcomes

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Abstract: The negative impact on general health of the population of the UK due to the widespread use of tobacco is well documented. In relation to the practice of oral surgery (OS) a tobacco habit can influence the delivery of care in a number of ways. This paper aims to document the oral disease processes and the negative outcomes of oral surgery procedures where a tobacco habit is considered a contributing factor.

Clinical relevance: The presence of a tobacco habit cannot only have a negative impact on various aspects of oral health but will also influence the consenting process when considering invasive procedures.

Author notes: Sara Al–Mahozi, DDS, Masters Clinical Dentistry Diplomat, University Edinburgh/Edinburgh Dental Institute, Zainab Salim, BDS, Masters Clinical Dentistry Diplomat, University Edinburgh/Edinburgh Dental Institute, Nicholas J Malden, BDS, DDS, Consultant Oral Surgery, Edinburgh Dental Institute, Crispian Scully, CBE, DSc, DChD, DMed (HC), Dhc(multi), MD, PhD, PhD (HC), FMedSci, MDS, MRCS, BSc, FDS RCS, FDS RCPS, FFD RCSI, FDS RCSEd, FRCPath, FHEA and Victor Lopes, BDS, MbChB, PhD, Senior Lecturer/Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Edinburgh Dental Institute, Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9HA, UK.

Objective: To provide an aide-memoire for clinicians in their discussions with patients who have a tobacco habit.